By MIKE HUGHES
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE: “American
Masters,” 8-9:30 p.m., PBS.
In one strange evening, everything
swirled together. There was hype and heroics, circus and sport and
social revolution: Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in tennis'
“battle of the sexes.”
That night – 40 years ago on Sept. 20
– was only one piece of King's busy life. She triumphed on the
court – including six Wimbleton singles titles – and off. She
fought for equal money; she started World Team Tennis and addressed
her sexuality,. It's a great story, beautifully told.
TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE II: “So You Think
You Can Dance” finale, 8-10 p.m., Fox.
Four superb dancers remain. Now, after
lots of special numbers – we'll see male and female winners.
The men are both from Las Vegas, but
are opposites. Fik-Shun is 18, a charming sprite who's done hip-hop
since he was 2; Aaron Tuner is 25, a big guy who has tap-danced in
his dad's show since he was 8.
The women are both in the
jazz/contemporary mode. Jasmine Harper, 20, long and leggy, is from
Lawrenceville, Ga; Amy Yakima, 19, small and quick, is from
TONIGHT'S ALTERNATIVE: “Sons of
Anarchy” season-opener, 10 p.m., FX.
If you've ever grumbled that nothing
much happened in an hour, here's the opposite. Everything
(approximately) happens, always passionately and often violently.
Jax's wife (a doctor) and his step-dad
(the former biker-club president) are both in jail. A fierce new
force (sharply played by Donal Logue) wants to push both into
testifying against the club.
There's much more – an evil
torture-porn crew … a gorgeous brothel-owner (the terrific Kim
Dickens) … a shoot-out, three beatings and then, out of left field,
a jolting addition to a packed hour.
Other choices include
“NCIS,” 8 p.m., CBS. In a rerun,
Colin Hanks (Tom's son) plays an investigator, probing the pursuit of
Podnar, who killed Ziva's father and NCIS Director Vance's wife.
“NCIS: Los Angeles,” 9 p.m., CBS.
Going undercover in this rerun, Deeks starts a risky relationship
with a woman. Kensi, working surveillance, has mixed emotions.
“America's Got Talent,” 9-11 p.m.,
NBC. The top 12 acts perform; on Wednesday, six will advance to the
Sept. 17-18 finale.
“Rizzoli & Isles”
season-finale, 9 p.m., TNT. A murder case comes during key personal
decisions – Maura about her paroled grandfather, Jane about her
“Cold Justice,” 10 p.m., TNT. This
involving reality hour opens up the unsolved, 2006 murder of a
beloved mother and churchgoer.
“King of Thrones” debut, 10 p.m.,
Destination America. Don't expect “Game of Thrones”; this is an
amiable look at Minnesota guys who specialize in bathrooms. One
project adds a quality bathroom to an ice-fishing shack. (Did we
mention this is Minnesota?) Another is $60,00 and state-of-the-art.
“The Vineyard” season-finale, 10
p.m., ABC Family. This oddity – claiming to be a reality show, but
having story editors – wraps up its Martha's Vineyard summer. Emily
isn't sure her romance with Jon will last. Katie is undecided about
Luis … then is surprised when he asks her to stay on the island.